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Following his incredible performance on RTE’s The Late Late Show over the weekend, River Matthews has confirmed a return to Dublin with a date for Whelans on 23rd May 2018. Watch River’s performance of Sunshine from the Late Late Show

“Uniquely Therapeutic” – Clash Music

River Matthews is an artist for whom the stars seem to have aligned since the days of playing cover songs in local pubs. A career as a musical therapy teacher, and no small amount of heartbreak has led to working with world-renowned songwriter, Jamie Scott, and more recently supporting Rag‘n’Bone Man on his sold-out ‘Human’ tour.

River’s first forays into music came at the age of 7 learning classical guitar. Then, as with most young lads, he lost interest in his teenage years as he embarked on an informal education of The Beach Boys, Cat Stevens, the Beatles and The Rolling Stones, from the school of Mum and Dad. After fanning the musical flames, River soon found himself performing 60’s & 70’s hits at local pubs & venues, alongside some more crowd-friendly tracks from Oasis & Radiohead. Still, it was a long time before he ever put pen to paper.

River’s next step was to put his musical ability to altruistic use, spending years working with children with learning difficulties, using music to help build confidence and self-esteem in the students – “the energy and care all the staff put into the lives of the students is quite incredible. I can honestly say I owe a huge amount to that place, for so many different reasons”.

It was this path that eventually led River to songwriter, Jamie Scott, and since then the pieces have all fallen into place. Now, looking towards his full album, ‘Stars’ is just a tantalizing piece of what’s to come. Oozing with soulful pain, it’s perhaps the purest showcase of River’s vocal to date. Written during an overnight stay in Inverness, observing the clear night sky, it’s beautifully stripped back and poignant. A truly affecting debut from an artist with a deeply exciting future.

Tickets priced €25 go on sale this Wednesday 7th February at 9am through & usual outlets nationwide.



€13 available online from WAV Tickets or Lo-Call 1890 200 078 (1-7pm M-F)

– 50c per ticket service charge applies on phone, internet or creditcard bookings. Final ticket price may be higher from other outlets.

Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required


Whelan’s Silent Disco, now every Mon, Tue & Wed from 11pm – 2 DJs, just pick the one you like best [Free Entry] plus Late Bar.